The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted heavy to very heavy rain for at least 12 states even as flash floods continued to wreak havoc in parts of North India. Accoridng to MeT department, heavy to very heavy rain is very likley at isolated places over Assam Meghalaya, Gujarat Region and coastal Karnataka. Heavy rain is expected at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Saurashtra, Madhya Maharashtra, Konkan & Goa, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
While the IMD has predicted heavy rains for southern, eastern and western India, north India continues to reel under inclement weather with disasters such as landslides, flash floods and cloud bursts in various regions.
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Heavy rainfall lashes Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal pic.twitter.com/3C0uQfLG7Q— ANI (@ANI) July 5, 2018
09:15 am: Maharashtra: Traffic stopped on Mumbai-Goa highway following a landslide in Kemburli near Mahad due to heavy rain in the region, road clearing work underway
08:25 am: Heavy rain continues to lash Jammu & Kashmir's Srinagar. AmarnathYatra is currently halted along both Baltal and Pahalgam routes due to heavy rainfall in the region.
08:00 am: IMD warns of heavy rainfall in next 24 hours in some areas of Mumbai; 3.38 metre high tide at 4:33 pm today. Local train services on Central and Harbour line running late by 15 minutes
06:30 am: Incessant rains have thrown life out of gear in Gujarat's Navsari. Heavy downpour in last 24 hours has inundated several parts of the city. Navsari has recieved 9 inches, Jalalpur 9.5 inches, Chikhali 6 inches, Gandevi 6 inches, Vasanda 1 inch and Khergam 2 inches on rain, disruping traffic on national and state highways.
— ANI (@ANI) July 5, 2018
At least five people lost their lives when a landslide hit the Amarnath Yatra route between Brarimarg and Railpatgri in Jammu and Kashmir. Two bodies were recovered on Tuesday while the other three early Wednesday.
Flash floods had also hit the Baltal base camp on Tuesday, but there was no casualty as water remained confined to the parking lot of the camp without affecting its main area. Inclement weather has again affected the annual pilgrimage.
In Jammu's Udhampur district, two women and four children had to be rescued after a flash flood on Tuesday night. They were crossing the Ghordi 'nallah' in the district last evening when flash flood occurred in the drain, a police officer said.
A hydroelectricity plant was damaged in Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh when a cloudburst caused flash flood on Monday. The Seraghat Hydro Power Project suffered severe damage after a cloudburst hit nearby Balati in Munsiari area. The sources say that the cloudburst has damaged the hydro project's dam, which is likely to cause flood in the nearby region. However, there were no reports of casualties.
Moderate to heavy rains lashed most parts of Himachal Pradesh with Kangra receiving the highest precipitation on Wednesday. "As per the rainfall recorded at 8.30 am today, Kangra witnessed 47 mm rainfall during the last 24 hours," MeT Director Manmohan Singh told PTI.
Similarly, 23 mm rain has been recorded in Paonta Sahib, followed by 15.4 mm in Solan, 14 mm in Palampur, 11.7 mm in Shimla and 11.6 mm rain in Dharamshala during the last 24 hours.
The minimum temperatures recorded were, 14 degrees Celsius in Shimla, 17 in Palampur, 18.2 in Dharamshala, 19 in Kangra and 23 degrees Celsius in Paonta Sahib, he added.
Himachal Pradesh's capital Shimla is also reeling under very heavy rainfall. The streets of the colonial town are gushing with water and mud washed away by incessant rains on the higher reaches of the mountains. The low-lying houses and markets have been flooded causing a massive damage to property.
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Assam improved marginally by Wednesday, even as over 25,000 people were still reeling under the deluge across three districts in the state.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 25,400 people are still affected by the deluge in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Karimganj districts. The death toll stood at 32 with no fresh casualty being reported on Wednesday.
Currently, 36 villages are inundated and 1,547 hectares of crop areas have been damaged, the ASDMA said, adding the authorities are running six relief camps and distribution centres.
The Brahmaputra river at Nimatighat in Jorhat, the Desang river at Nanglamuragat in Sivasagar and the Jia Bharali river at N T Road Crossing in Sonitpur are flowing above the danger mark.